Everyone who owns a Jack Russell Terrier and every veterinarian and veterinary technician who cares for them knows what tough little dogs they can be. JRTs are lively companions who keep their owners on their toes, so much so that the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America puts some effort into telling people why this feisty breed is not for everyone.
You’re not going to hear anything but praise for the courageous, tenacious character of the breed from one Utah family, however. That’s because their JRT, Kismet, may have saved the life of one of his owners when a masked intruder attacked her in their own home. Both owner and dog were seriously injured, and that’s where Salt Lake City’s Advanced Veterinary Care team enters the picture. From our Nationwide Hambone Award blog:
As Shu sprinted out the door, Kismet held the intruder off just long enough until he turned his knife on the courageous canine and delivered a critical blow. Shu ran down the stairs of her apartment complex as she bled heavily, while the attacker chased after her. She reached a business on the first floor of the building and screamed for help while banging on a window. The employees inside took notice and rushed to help her. She immediately pointed towards the attacker who was close behind. The good Samaritans called for emergency services and followed the man long enough to get his license plate. The assailant was arrested within a few hours of the attack.
“As soon as I was safe, I wanted to go find Kismet, but I was injured pretty badly,” said Shu. “All I could think about in the ambulance was Kismet. I just wanted to know if he was going to be OK.”
[Shu’s husband] Kase had returned home moments after the attack and recruited some friends to help. While Kase accompanied his wife at the hospital, the friends rushed Kismet to Advanced Veterinary Care of Salt Lake City for treatment, Both Shu and Kismet underwent major surgery upon arrival.
Since the incident, Shu and Kismet have made full recoveries and returned to living their lives without fear. Shu is thankful for the aid she’s received from her community and the pet insurance support she received from Nationwide.
“I’m just relieved that we both made it,” said Shu. “The help we received from everyone was amazing. […] I can’t thank the veterinarians enough for saving his life.”
Read the rest. For saving Kismet, Advanced Veterinary Care is in the running for a $10,000 grant from Nationwide to help pay the expenses of pet-owners who can’t afford care for their animals. After all 12 nominees are named, the winning pet, owner and veterinary practice will be chosen by voters on the Hambone Award site.